It’s a nice and most famous park in Saratov; it used to be Park Gor’kogo, but was renamed after Russian poet Pushkin’s poem’s name “U lukomor’ya “ .It has a nice pond, roller- coasters ,merry- go-rounds like moist of amusement parks. They have a bridge that full of lockers locked on the sides of the bridge. The custom is when people marry they lock...more
From Soviet times until 1991, Saratov was a "closed city", strictly off limits to all foreigners. Situated on the Volga River, this was a major military aircraft manufacturing site, the home of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and a vital part of the Soviet space project. Nowadays you can see a lot of military stuff in Victory Park (Park...more
I learned about this park and decided to visit it during my stay in Saratov. It was a bit further away from my hotel than I had gone before so the hotel got me a taxi to get me there.It is a very lovely park. It combines being an amusement area with its other use as a meeting and relaxation area for Saratovians. There is a nice swan lake, squirrels...more
As one walks into the historic area of Saratov, this church takes your eye. This church was obviously inspired by St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow with its brightly colored spires.The Icon of the Mother of God Church was constructed in 1906 and then, like most churches in Russia, shut down in the 1930s. At that time a planetarium was placed in the...more
I do not know very much at this cathedral. I saw it from my Slovakia Hotel room and noticed that it fronted a square. From my research on the internet it appears that this church, and my hotel, are located in the city's oldest surviving neighborhood near Museum Square. In the past this square was formerly called Sobornaya Ploshchad or Cathedral...more
While I was in Saratov, I actually did not go to this cathedral. I saw it from a distance while I was visiting Victory Park. With my camera I was able to get a few good shots of it. But in my short time at Saratov, I never made the trip to visit it.But it is so visually appealing that I wanted to include it here along with a little history that I...more
Starting at the Yuri Gagarin statue and extending for a long distance along the Volga embankment there is a promenade and park in which you are able to walk along side the sparkling Volga river. There is an upper promenade and a lower river walkway contained within the same park-like area.Along this area there are several cafes, bars and...more
Somewhat similar in feeling and energy, Nemetskaya Street is to Saratov what Arbat Street is to Moscow or Stroget is to Copenhagen. It is a pedestrian only street and a place to window shop, have refreshment at a cafe, see and be seen all the while enjoying a leisurely stroll. Take a walk down this street and you will see more attractive young...more
Gracefully stretching across the Volga River between Saratov on the right bank and Engels on the left bank is Europe's second longest bridge (Europe's longest, since 1998, is in Portugal). The New Saratov Bridge is 1.7 miles (or 2.8km) long. The bridge was completed in 2000 I think.In the main attached photo you will also see the tie up area for...more
The Volga River is the longest river in Europe extending about 2,300 miles. At some places the river is 10 miles (16 k) wide. People boat, swim and fish freely in its blue, cool water. One can take a daytime scenic cruise or book a lengthy cruise that might start in Moscow, dock in Saratov, and end at the Caspian Sea.more
There was a servioce inprogress when I arrived, the ladies at the cathedral shop tolld me I could take one picture as long as I did not photograph any persons face. I know there other were sections more worthy of note, but under the circumstances this was the best I could do. at the timemore
I saw three absolutly beautiful churches while I was in Saratov. Yes it had been nearly 10 years since the athestic USSR had "desolved" itself but these churches had obviously been there LONG before the USSR "went under". They certainly stand as testimony to the stoic, basic faith of the Russian people who endured at the Soviet system and said,...more
25 Kirova Prospekt_, Saratov, 410012, Russia
Good for: Business
I stayed at the Slovakia Hotel for my 3-day stay in Saratov. The Slovakia Hotel is just off of the...more
27A Lunnaya street, Saratov, 410065, Russia
Good for: Solo
Saratov is a large town. That means that you will be able to find cafes and restaurants that will cater to your tastes in food. I ate at both Russian style restaurants as well as a good Chinese restaurant.
And, of course, McDonalds has also found its way to Saratov!
Just keep in mind that Russia is an expensive country to visit. A good meal in the Chinese restaurant, with a glass of wine, cost me about $65.00 US.
We returned from a trip to Moscow, Saratov and St. Petersburg in Sept, 2009. We traveled by train between the cities (16 hours Moscow to Saratov, 24 hours to St. Petersburg, 8 hours back to Moscow). I highly recommend that mode of travel - it's a relaxing and interesting way to get around! The trains we took were overnight, so we avoided a hotel...more
Flying to Saratov is not as easy as most westerners would imagine. There is only one airline that seems to service Saratov from Moscow and that is Saratov Airlines. And it uses Domodedovo Airport which is a long way outside of Moscow. One can take a 16-hour train from Moscow to Saratov but that was not for me. I used what seems to be the airline...more
You will find that Saratov is not very friendly to credit cards. The better hotels will certainly take them. And a few of the better restaurants will take them. But many merchants, cafes and restaurants in Saratov do not any capability to allow you to use a credit card.
So it is much better to have enough cash to do what you need to do.
You can find ATM machines (there was one in the Slovakia Hotel) that will take USA ATM cards and provide you with Russian Rubles.
As everywhere, be careful of pickpockets especially in crowded areas.
In 1975, Victory Park was laid out on Sokolovaya Mountain above Saratov city proper. It is an unusual open air museum. It is a picturesque, natural place providing a gentle green and pleasant oasis from the rush of the city.A crowded city bus or a taxi can bring you to the rough street that leads into the park.Once there, beautiful views of Saratov...more
Yuri Gagarin has been warmly embraced by the people of Saratov. There is a statue to his memory at the head of the riverside promenade not far from the Slovakia Hotel. On the weekends you will find people congregate nearby and children are happily playing in the park and around his monument. So why is Gagarin so beloved here?Saratov has one of the...more
The bridge to Engles from Saratov is the longest bridge in Europe. I had the "privelage" of seeing just what car traffic is doing to modern Russia one afternoon when there was an accident on the bridge half way across. Traffic was tied up on the bridge for HOURS. If it had not been several days since my arrival, I migth have dreamed that i was...more
I was taking a break in front of Saratov's Circus building in a small square.
Suddenly, this little train came chugging through the square. On board were many happy children.
I do not know where this train is based but obviously the children love it. If you happen to have children on your trip with you, keep this in mind as it would be an unique experience for them to have while they visit in Saratov.